Early voting

Early voting continues next week. Turnout in the first week among active McLennan County voters has totaled less than 0.5 percent.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson

Early voting turnout across McLennan County is low with a week left for residents to cast their ballot ahead of Election Day on Nov. 7.

There were 444 people who visited one of the five polling locations this week, while another 97 mailed in a ballot. There are 119,550 active registered voters in the county. Turnout so far totals less than 0.5 percent.

Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Hours will be extended Thursday and Friday to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents casting a ballot for any of the city council or school district races or for any of the seven state constitutional amendments can do so at any voting center.

Locations include the McLennan County Elections Administration Office in the Records Building basement, 214 N. Fourth St., Suite 300, in Waco; the Robinson Community Center, 106 W. Lyndale Drive; the Waco Multi-Purpose Community Center, 1020 Elm Ave.; First Assembly of God Church, 6701 Bosque Blvd., in Waco; and the Hewitt Public Safety Facility, 100 Patriot Court.

Voting machines at First Assembly of God Church have been the busiest of the five locations with 150 people casting a ballot there. Only 45 people have voted at the Hewitt location.

Across the county, Robinson, Moody and West are having city council races; West and Riesel ISDs are having school board races; Mart ISD is having a $9.2 million bond election; Connally ISD is having a tax ratification election; and every voter in Texas can weigh in on seven state constitutional amendments. State legislators approved seven joint resolutions during the last legislative session to put before voters.

During the most recent election featuring a comparable slate of races, about 2.7 percent, or 3,400, of the county’s 126,148 registered voters, cast an early ballot in the November 2015 joint general election.

There are 132,823 people registered to vote in McLennan County, but the list of active voters is shorter because of people who may have moved but not updated their address, McLennan County elections administrator Kathy Van Wolfe has said.

All local races will show first on the ballot, followed by the statewide constitutional referendums.

Sample ballots and more election information are available at co.mclennan.tx.us/337/Elections.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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